Earthquake Country

Prepare for the Big One

The Coachella Valley could be the epicenter of the most catastrophic earthquake in North America. Such a disaster could result in thousands of deaths and billions of dollars of damage from devastated homes and businesses, gas-pipeline fires and collapsed roads, including Interstate 10. Thousands could be left in extreme heat without food, water, shelter, phone service or electricity.

To help residents prepare for a major earthquake, an Emergency Expo will be held on February 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Trilogy at La Quinta. The free event is open to residents from all Coachella Valley communities.

The expo will feature a variety of first responders from local police and fire departments answering questions. More than 20 companies, government agencies and volunteer aid organizations will have information booths with representatives available to help residents be prepared before, during and after a major earthquake and other disasters.

Attendees will be able to watch safety-product demonstrations that will teach basics such as how to pack “Go” bags, turn off utilities and store large quantities of water. The Red Cross and other exhibitors will have emergency merchandise available for purchase.

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